Create a Splatter Brush
You may have seen this in illustrations where people have created vector artwork but has got this textural quality to it, kind of like this image of texture has been applied to the text or the shapes, done very easily. Here was some spatter texture. A picture was taken of it, run through image trace, and converted into vector. Selecting that texture, turning this into a brush. In this case, I'm gonna use a scatter brush. And the reason why is because then I can kind of rotate and kind of stamp this over my text or any of my containers in kind of a random fashion. So I'm gonna click OK. And I'm gonna call this my splatter and I'm gonna click OK. I've set some text. Let me use one of my favorite fonts, bungee. I'm going to go into the type menu. I'm gonna convert outlines to break this into simply shapes and I'm gonna apply a different fill color to this. And now I'm going to take my brush and apply some of this texture over this type. So grab my brush tool, there's my splatter, and I'm ...
going to click and it's gonna apply the brush quite large. I'm gonna double click on my splatter brush and I'm going to set the size to be much smaller so that when I click on the brush it doesn't give me a very large pattern. Oh, that looks pretty good. So it kind of gives me that texture. I'm going to set my colorization method to a tint because then if I would like to turn this brush into white instead of black, I can easily select that brush, apply a white to it that makes it then look like this Splatter is knocking out the color. So I click OK. I wanna apply this to the strokes and you can see that it now applies that color cause that was the color that I used. Let's go in and I'm gonna apply white to that brush stroke. You can see that I can get that kind of spatter texture on there. All right, that's kind of cool. I'm gonna use my brush, and again, I'm going to click and I'm gonna apply some splatter to these areas, just as, like a little bit of over spray or something. And there you go. Wow. Now what's cool about this is I can select all of my brushes but not my text here. And I could go back and I could change this back to an orange, or I could pick any other color that I'd like, kind of make it a little bit darker, if I want to make this like a little bit darker red, or darker brown, something like that, to kind of give a little bit of contrast in here when I'm doing this. So white is gonna just simply knock it out, but with, I go a little bit darker orange or a brown here, that could add some interesting texture to that as well. Now you'll notice that this texture now doesn't conform to the actual text itself. So while this isn't part of brushes this is part of more illustrator knowledge that I've done in different videos. I'm gonna show you very quickly how to take these brush effects and put them inside the text. So I'm going to select all my brushes and my texts that I've created, and I'm going to shift click and I'm going to unselect my text. And then I'm gonna group this these brushes together by using my command or control G. And so when they're group together, you can see that I can just move that all over here like this, so that my text is all by itself. Okay. And now I'd like to take this group of this and I'd like to put it inside my text. In order to do this, I need to make this one compound unit. I need to make all these shapes act as one shape. So the way I do this is I go into the object menu, I'll go under compound path and I choose make. Now in illustrator's mind, this is one solid shape. I'm going to go back in and I'm going to reapply my color to this, there I have it. Now what I want to do is I want to be able to turn this into a receiver that I can plug all of my texture brushes into, which is going to be at the bottom of my toolbar here, the draw inside mode. So when I click on the draw inside mode, you'll see I get those little dotted lines around there. I'm gonna go over to my group set of brushes and I'm going to do an edit cut, which is gonna cut those off the art board. And then I'm going to click on my text that has the draw on side, and I'm going to do a paste, and paste it into my text, And then when I'm done, I can choose to draw normal mode and deselect. Now I've been able to put texture inside my text or inside my shape. Now, if you want to get to your text, or what is the content inside your shape, go to your layers panel, open up your layer, where your text is, and you can see that you have your compound path and you can target that, if you'd like to change the color of this object by targeting the compound path, or you can go into the group, which is where all of your brush strokes are, and you could target any or all of those brush strokes to change the color or change the size independently. Just go in and target those so that you can edit those directly inside your text. And this is one of the ways that people will go and add texture to their illustrator file. makes it look like it's a photo overlay on it, but it really isn't. It's just brushes, which I find to be very interesting and very cool because it really adds a different depth and dimension.